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Chevy Launching a Wave of New Cars

Nearly every model in the current lineup will be either refreshed or redesigned by 2017.

For the past couple of years, Chevrolet’s focus has been on its trucks, both full- and mid-size. The latest Silverado and Colorado pickups, and Tahoe SUV have successfully been launched. Now it’s time to give its cars and small crossovers more attention. Beginning in 2015, that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Automotive News managed to get a hold of precise details regarding the future of models such as the Malibu, Impala, Sonic, and Cruze.

The Spark minicar will be redesigned by late 2015 as a 2016 model, complete with a new 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine. The Sonic will receive a refresh for 2016, and complete redesign in 2018. The Cruze, as we already know, will soldier on with a refresh for 2015. It won’t be until 2016 when the recently unveiled global Cruze arrives in the US. Despite its emergency refresh this past year, the Malibu will receive a total (and much needed) redesign for 2017. The SS, obviously, is new and no redesign or refresh is planned. However, the question remains how much longer will it be sold once Australian production ends in 2017. A facelifted Impala will go on sale in 2016, along with a possible performance SS model.

Again, that’ll depend on the RWD SS’s future post-Holden Commodore. A totally new Volt will arrive in mid-2015 with an estimated 380-mile range. Perhaps best yet, an all-new Camaro that’ll ride on a lightweight RWD platform is scheduled for late 2015 as a ’16 model. Around that time, the Corvette Z06 will also go on sale. The just launched Trax small CUV will be updated slightly by late 2016. The Equinox CUV will receive a minor facelift for 2016, and complete redesigns will arrive the following year. And lastly, a new Traverse will happen in 2017. Busy times ahead then for the bowtie brand.

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